Marissa Ahern joined our team in May 2018 as the project manager for WSCAT’s Old Commissary Small Business Incubator Project. As a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), Marissa has always been passionate about working in her community. She graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s in Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder. While working with BBT Architects, Marissa was able to work on a number of community projects, including the Warm Springs K-8 Academy. Her interest in housing led to an assignment at the Warm Springs Housing Authority, an internship at HUD’s Office of Native American Program’s in Washington D.C., and inspired her undergraduate thesis, Tribal Housing on The Warm Springs Indian Reservation. During her time as Project Manager Marissa will be completing a Master’s in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University. Marissa’s future plans include using her background in design and community development to work with tribal communities through her business, Native Roots Design, LLC. Having enjoyed her last few years in Boulder, Colorado, Marissa is happy to return home and join in WSCAT’s goal of making a positive impact in the Warm Springs community.